Brunnera macrophylla ‘Looking Glass’
Sprays of true sky blue flowers light up in late winter and early spring.
While sparkling silver-white, heart shaped leaves are a joy all year round on Brunnera macrophylla ‘Looking Glass’.
Palest, whitest, most ghostly glowing foliage of all the Brunneras
The leaves of ‘Looking Glass’ are the palest, whitest, most ghostly glowing of all the gorgeous Brunnera varieties. And they are BIG. Biggest of all.
‘Looking Glass’ is a stunner – so no wonder it has also won the coveted “Award of Garden Merit” from the Royal Horticultural Society.
(Scroll down to “Growing” section for plant details & growing advice).
True blue in late winter
The true sky blue flowers are very welcome. As they come in late winter to chase away the winter gloom.
But it is the wonderful huge, heart shaped leaves that really capture me.
As they look as if they have been dusted with white flour.
A star of the shade garden
Brunnera macrophylla ‘Looking Glass’ makes a glowing feature in a decorative container for a dark area. Where the huge white dusted leaves really make a statement.
ideal as a foliage feature, edging plant along a path, or ground-cover in Deep to Part Shade. Because it can prosper in low light levels.
So it is perfectly happy under trees and shrubs, or in deeply shadowed areas between buildings.
Growing: Brunnera macrophylla ‘Looking Glass’
– Height with flowers: 30cm approx.
– Width: Ghostly white, neat foliage clump to a diameter of 20cm – 40cm approx.
– Position: Deep Shade, as well as Partial Shade and Dappled Sun.
Perfect under trees and shrubs or in containers.
– Soil: Brunnera thrive with mulch, and can tolerate most soil types.
They are robustly easy in loam and clay based soils opened up with organic matter.
And they can even prosper in sandy soils, as long as they are well mulched.
Plus they are serene in a range of soil pH, from the acid to the alkaline lime side of neutral.
– Frost: Brunnera are extremely frost hardy, as they tolerate severe frosts to well below -20C
– Water: Normal average garden watering satisfies Brunnera. And they certainly respond well to mulch and compost, which helps even out the moisture content in the soil.
They can tolerate short periods of dry between drinks, and this time extends out when they are well mulched.
– Growth: Neat, shining, evergreen (ever-pale) perennial clump.
– Beneficial for wildlife: Bees and other beneficial insects are attracted to the small but bright blue blooms. Our bees certainly appreciate any flowers on offer late in winter.
– Care: Low maintenance.
So simply remove spent flowers and any old leaves after flowering.
Otherwise they can just be left alone to get on with their job of glowing in dark areas.
– Deer & Rabbit resistant: The foliage is very attractive to us, but luckily is not so attractive to deer and rabbits. Brunnera are also rarely plagued by pests and diseases.
– Origin: Native to the woodlands of Eastern Europe and North West Asia.